For over 150 years, insular environments have played a key role in biological research as they provide an explicit spatial and temporal context in which to study the processes behind biodiversity. Dr. L.E. Becking will use marine lakes – islands of seawater surrounded by land – to study how marine diversity adapts in response to past and current changes in the environment.
Marine Animal Ecology
Dr. Becking will conduct her research within the newly formed group Marine Animal Ecology (MAE). The group MAE studies how marine animals adapt in response to a changing environment over ecological and evolutionary time-scales. The research will be applied to gain a better understanding of climate change and anthropogenic activities to ecosystem services and conservation management strategies.
The Veni grant is part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO). It allows researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years.